My God deserves the very best of me. He gave the very best of Himself, His own Son, so that He could be in relationship with me, so that He, the King of Kings, could walk with me through every storm – and that is something I want to say “yes” to!
Accelerate is one of the ways I have been able to live out my “yes” and give back to God the very best of who I am. I’m getting to grow in my knowledge of not only who my Saviour is, but also of who my Saviour says I am.
When I began leading the Vocal Team at C7 last year, I found it difficult being a lot younger than most others on the team that I was leading. My confidence was found in my gifts and abilities rather than being found in the God who created them – I was trying and failing to do it all in my own strength. I started Accelerate a few months later and it transformed the way I approach my leader- ship as I began redefining how I see myself. I was created in the image and likeness of my King, and my King is huge. This means that if I’m created in His likeness, His plan and purpose for my life must also be huge. Jeremiah struggled with these same insecurities that I did, at the very same age. God encouraged him by saying,
“Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” … “I have put my words in your mouth.” Jeremiah 1:7-9
Through the practical leadership training that Accelerate has given me, I’ve become so secure in the knowledge that my capacity is not defined by what I can or cannot physically do or see in the natural. We serve the God of miracles who does not need us to be qualified to fulfil His calling for our lives. I have learned that I am enabled through grace to lead with the authority that Christ has won for me through His death and resurrection. Jeremiah was filled with the fear of judgement and failure but He learned to rest knowing that God is sovereign and that he wasn’t alone.
Accelerate has given me the opportunity and the confidence to step up and live boldly in the life of church.
When a baby chick is hatching, it needs to use it’s beak to break through the shell by itself so that it’s neck is strengthened. It’s a challenge the chick has to face on it’s own. If someone interferes and cracks the shell open for the chick, it will die because it hasn’t strengthened the muscles it needs to walk. My journey through Accelerate has been like this. It’s been a season of growing up in my faith – no one can do the growing up stage for me – I had to figure it out for myself. I’m now overcoming my insecurities because I’ve had the revelation of who I have on my side. I’m learning to trust the still small voice that whispers, “I am with you…”
C7 Accelerate Year 1 Student